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The Daily Fix: Friday

All the day’s news, and the bits and pieces you may have missed…

Members of Oxfam international wear G8 leaders masks to demonstrate against this week's summit in France.
Members of Oxfam international wear G8 leaders masks to demonstrate against this week's summit in France.
Image: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the day’s big stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • A High Court jury has awarded €80,000 in damages to model and former Miss World Rosanna Davison after deciding she was defamed by Ryanair in one of the company’s press releases.
  • An off-duty garda who pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in Cork after he had described his brother’s shirt as gay has had his entire 18-month sentence suspended by a judge at Cork Circuit Court today.
  • Air crash investigators have issued a report saying that Air France flight 447 stalled three times and fell 38,000 feet in four minutes when it crashed into the ocean off Brazil on 1 June, 2009. Three young Irish women were killed in the crash, but the remains of two have never been found.
  • Spanish riot police have clashed with protesters in Barcelona, injuring dozens of people. Witnesses say police fired rubber bullets at protesters as they cleared a makeshift protest camp from the city’s main square, and video footage shows police using their batons to strike seated protesters. People are protesting over the country’s increasing debt problems and high unemployment – particularly among young people.
  • CSO figures out today suggest that Irish retailers continue to be cautious spenders, with retail sales figures down in April – for the 38th month in a row.
  • Bad news on the jobs front this evening: Eircom has announced it will cut 1,000 jobs over the next two years, while RTÉ reports that Vodafone is cutting 139 jobs from its Irish call centre partner Rigney Dolphin. Vodafone says another 45 of the company’s jobs in Ireland are at risk.
  • Meanwhile, the CSO has released figures showing that just one-third of foreign nationals who were issued PPS numbers in 2004 were working in 2009.
  • The Quinn Group has announced huge losses of €888m for 2009 and blamed its insurance arm, Quinn Insurance, for most of the group’s losses.
  • Obama in Ireland; volcanic ash in the air; and Ratko Mladic in custody: take a few minutes to look back over the week in photos.
  • Sarah Palin hasn’t ruled herself out of the running for the Republic Party’s nomination for the next US presidential election and is reportedly preparing to launch her campaign with a film called The Undefeated.
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg managed to keep his brief visit to Dublin low-key; were you one of those who managed to have a pint with him?
  • It’s less than 24 hours before the European Cup final kicks off between Manchester United and Barcelona. Check out the top ten moments of Man United and Barca throughout their European Cup years.
  • And on the subject of soccer, TeaAndToast.ie’s Mick Reynolds writes that although football has put the boot into racisim, it is failing its gay and lesbian fans – and players.
  • Green Party members have voted for Eamon Ryan to become the party’s new leader. Ryan says that from today, the party is setting out “on the road to recovery” in the wake of its Seanad and Dáil election nightmares. Here’s an archive photo of a younger Ryan mounting a “save our trees” campaign in 2002 with then-party leader Trevor Sargent:

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